Monday, September 17, 2018

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...

In the early summer, I was not really enjoying my training.  My program was basically a 10k regimen with some hill repeats thrown in to prepare for a hill race I hoped to run.  I was fairly consistent, but it was not satisfying and I had not made it to any real hills either--I still need some new trail/hill shoes--so, I decided to make a change.

I decided to do workouts that I enjoy:
  • 1/4 mile repeats;
  • hill repeats;
  • stair repeats;
  • CrossFit-style workouts;
  • and a few others, like cycling (nothing regimented), stair stepper or treadmill hill walking (if I am at the gym and not running).  Of course, I do a lot of walking and hiking as well for recreation and tourism.
Nearly all are short and intense, hard and fast--exactly what I enjoy most.  The bonus is that they all should help me improve my 5k time, which is a general goal.

The result?  I have been consistent, maybe slightly more so because of my enjoyment.  My general fitness has definitely improved, most obvious in my resistance training workouts.  I measure and log many of these, for example:

  • 100 burpees for time;
  • maximum number of sit-ups or walking lunges in 10 minutes;
  • dumbbell swings and sit ups x50, 40, 30, 20, 10 for time.
Over a span of 2-3 months, I improved my performance in nearly every workout.  I also noticed that my recovery times improved and I felt really strong while running too, although I have not completed a 5k time trial recently for objective proof.

I also got new road running shoes--new gear always helps with motivation, right?



So...find physical activities you enjoy; switch it up if you have to.  Just be consistent and keep moving.